Gundu Sudarshan

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Gundu Sudarshan
Surampudi Sudarshan Rao

1 July 1964, (age 59)
Alma materREC Allahabad (B.Tech),
REC Surathkal, Karnataka (M.Tech),
J. N. T. U, Hyderabad (PhD)
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian
Years active1993 - present
SpouseSurampudi Vijayalakshmi

Gundu Sudarshan (born Surampudi Sudarshan Rao) is an Indian comedian and actor who works in Telugu films.[1] He acted in more than 350 films. He also has stage experience from the age of 10. He entered the film industry with Mister Pellam in 1993 directed by Bapu.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born to Subbarao and Kanakalatha and brought up in Bhimavaram, West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. His father was an advocate. He used to watch mythological dramas from his childhood. Till seventh standard, he studied in Manchili, his grandfather's village. He had stage experience from the age of 10. He started his acting career in his 7th standard in a stage play called Mondi Guruvu Banda Sishyudu, playing the role of Sishya .(disciple). He was also involved in the cultural activities in his school. He did his schooling and intermediate in Bhimavaram.

Though he occasionally participated in stage plays, he concentrated more on studies. He completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from REC Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, and earned his M.Tech from REC Surathkal, Karnataka.[2] He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, and also possesses a degree in Psychology. He worked as a lecturer in SRKR Engineering college, Bhimavaram[3] before turning into full-time actor.


He had a good rapport with writer Sriramana who is famous for his novel Mithunam, and through him, was introduced to Bapu. Bapu offered him a role of Pinni Gari Mogudu in a comedy serial Navvite Navvandi. Another Tollywood comedian, AVS, also was introduced to acting with this serial.[3] He played the role of Chandamarkulu, guru of Prahlada in Bhagavatam television serial directed by Bapu and broadcast by ETV.

He made his debut as an actor in the biographic film of a great Telugu poet Srinatha called Srinatha Kavi Sarvabhowmudu (1991), directed by Bapu and starring N. T. Rama Rao.[4] He played the role of Ganapati, the chief cook of Srinatha, in this film. It was a full-length role along with N. T. Rama Rao. But the first film released was Mister Pellam in which he played two roles – Narada and Narasaiah (neighbor of Rajendra Prasad). His dialogue Antha Vishnu Maya became popular with audiences. After that he acted in the films Rambantu, Chitram, Ramasakkanodu. He then had to go back to Bhimavaram to work as a lecturer and support his family. He continued acting in movies whenever Bapu offers him a role in his films. He used to travel to Hyderabad, finish his schedule and come back to his native for doing his regular job.[4]

After five years, he relocated to Hyderabad to pursue a Ph.D. at JNTU. This also gave him an opportunity to focus more on films. His second innings started with the film Chitram (2000) directed by Teja. He also graced the screens of several popular Telugu television shows. Notably, he hosted the mythological show "Chittam Chittam Prayaschittam" as Chitragupta for 40 episodes, even penning its script. He also appeared as a guest on Suma's comedy show "Bhale Chance le" on MAA TV and participated in the celebrity talk show "Nuvvu Nenu" hosted by Udaya Bhanu.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Vijayalakshmi. She did her M.A. in Sociology. They have two children, Siva Sarath, and Hemasree Latha. She is native of Markondapadu.



  1. ^ a b MAA, Stars. "Sudarshan". maastars. Movie Artists Association. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. ^ Staff Reporter (21 March 2015). "అర గుండుకే అంత పేరు వస్తే..." Jagati Publications. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Phani. "Interview with Surampudi Sudarshan". totaltollywood. Archived from the original on 4 May 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2007.
  4. ^ a b YPlusTV. "Chit Chat with Comedian Dr Sudarshan". YPlusTV. Retrieved 10 July 2016.

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